Industrial heating and steam systems require large amounts of energy. Yet despite making up almost one-fifth of global energy consumption, industrial heat processes are often overlooked in the effort to reduce costs and emissions. Considering that the vast majority of industrial heat originates from fossil-fuel combustion, it is critical for organizations to take advantage of the many opportunities that improve energy efficiency in industrial heat processes.
One of the major goals of a heat and steam process energy assessment is to help industry identify, quantify and act on relevant energy saving opportunities. Often this leads to the classic question of: What is the return on investment (payback) for implementing efficiency interventions, new technologies and/or processes? In many cases investments into heat system efficiency improvements can be recouped in less than two years thanks to energy savings which range from 2 to 30 per cent. This has enabled many organizations to remain profitable and competitive in globalized markets.
UNIDO’s Steam System Optimization (SSO) programme was born out of a deep understanding of efficiency opportunities generated through countless steam system analyses conducted in plants around the world. What has emerged over the past 10 years is a flagship steam system optimization training programme which is responsible for producing great national champions for industrial energy efficiency and steam system optimization.